Two major winter storms have dumped snow on the Great Bend area in the past week, taxing the city's Public Works Street Division.
With another wind-whipped winter storm dumping and blowing snow on Central Kansas, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir has one piece of advice for motorists – stay home.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has now closed several roads in southwest Kansas at the Kansas-Oklahoma state line at the request of Oklahoma. The following roads are closed southbound at the state line, but remain open in Kansas:
This is part of a two part series spotlighting the joint work of a local Pheasants Forever chapter and the Wounded Warrior Project to give back to a group of soldiers who have served post 9-11, sacrificing for their country. Today, a brief overview and an introduction to the soldiers taking part. Tuesday, we'll take a closer look at how the Wounded Warrior Project is helping soldiers transition back into the civilian world, and how local organizations can help.
Jazz singer David Basse will appear in Great Bend on Saturday, March 2, for the annual Jazz Festival.
The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College is hosting an area high school juried art exhibit titled the "Vortex Exhibit," which is on display until the end of the month. It will culminate with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, which will also cap off Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day.
A Colorado Springs, Colo., man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after he accidentally shot himself Thursday morning while he and his dad were driving north of Hosington, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
The majority of activity across the state of Kansas has come to a stop as the result of a widespread winter storm that has moved eastward across the state and resulted in up to 10 inches or more of snow in some areas since early Wednesday.
Due to travel conditions, First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp's Larned, Jetmore, and Ness City town halls scheduled for today, are cancelled, his office announced Thursday. They will be rescheduled at a later time.
Barton Community College will be closed today, college officials announced Thursday afternoon. Night classes Thursday are also canceled.
At 11:30 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) closed I-70, from Exit 159 in Hays to Exit 249 near Salina, in both directions.
Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman offered his biweekly update on the activities of various county departments during the County Commission meeting Monday morning. Highlights included:
At 9:02 p.m. on Feb. 20, a 2002 Ford pickup owned by Seth E. Alexander of Garden City was westbound on U.S. highway 156 at mile marker 132 when he lost control on icy roads and crossed the center line. Alexander entered the south ditch and rolled one time coming to rest on its wheels, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log.
Employees at the Great Bend Tribune are taking part in the "Give Your Heart a Break" initiative sponsored by the Great Bend Rotary, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and USD 428 Great Bend Schools to encourage fitness. Teams compete in three challenges, including most weight lost by a team, most miles completed by a tem, and most hours of exercise completed by a team.
Wednesday's predicted snow did not begin to fall in the Great Bend area until after 6 a.m., and the forecast for one to three inches of snow during the daylight hours did not cause Barton County schools to call off classes. But as classes started, snow began to accumulate, leading administrators to consider calling an early release day.
The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.
With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.
Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.
STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.
Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.
The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.
Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.
Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.
A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.
At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.
USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.
For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.